Hypertext Webster Gateway: "tierce"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Tierc'e \Tier*c['e]"\, a. [F.] (Her.)
Divided into three equal parts of three different tinctures;
-- said of an escutcheon.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Tierce \Tierce\, n. [F. tierce a third, from tiers, tierce,
third, fr. L. tertius the third; akin to tres three. See
{Third}, {Three}, and cf. {Terce}, {Tercet}, {Tertiary}.]
1. A cask whose content is one third of a pipe; that is,
forty-two wine gallons; also, a liquid measure of
forty-two wine, or thirty-five imperial, gallons.

2. A cask larger than a barrel, and smaller than a hogshead
or a puncheon, in which salt provisions, rice, etc., are
packed for shipment.

3. (Mus.) The third tone of the scale. See {Mediant}.

4. A sequence of three playing cards of the same suit. Tierce
of ace, king, queen, is called tierce-major.

5. (Fencing) A position in thrusting or parrying in which the
wrist and nails are turned downward.

6. (R. C. Ch.) The third hour of the day, or nine a. m,; one
of the canonical hours; also, the service appointed for
that hour.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the third canonical hour; about 9 a.m. [syn: {terce}]
2: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
[syn: {three}, {3}, {III}, {trio}, {threesome}, {leash}, {troika},
{triad}, {trine}, {trinity}, {ternary}, {ternion}, {triplet},
{tercet}, {terzetto}, {trey}, {deuce-ace}]
3: one of three equal parts of a divisible whole; "it contains
approximately a third of the minimum daily requirement"
[syn: {one-third}, {third}]

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